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Jul 22, 2012 9:00pm EDT
perished, let us grieve for the loved ones who mourn their lives. in our mourning, our lord who is the great comforter is truly present to us but we do not grief live like those who have hope. we grieve that neither life nor death can separate us from his abundant love. his abundant love is our consolation. [ applause ] and so we return to our lives, let us see in this tragedy a reminder that our lives are fleeting and that they are a precious gift. they are a gift from god, a grace and they are given to us to glorify god, both in the short time that we have on earth and forever an eternity in heaven and let us glorify god and our love for him and let us glorify god and our love for one another and let us glorify god by responding to all violence by peace and to all evil with love. [ applause ] and so now let us bow our heads in prayer. loving and merciful god, we praise you and we adore you for your great mercy. you are truth, goodness, and beauty. you are the source of all that is good and all that is holy and you hate what is evil. you respond to evil, oh lord, with love and
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Jul 7, 2012 6:00am EDT
to afghanistan's future. >> that designation paves the way for the u.s. and afghanistan to maintain defense long aft u.s. troop withdrawal. secretary clinton is on her way to tokyo. in japan, she'll ask international donors to pledge their support to afghanistan. joining me on the phone from kabul is john wendell, a photographer and time magazine correspondent. how significant is this announcement? >> caller: hi. thanks for having me. i think secretary clinton's use of the word symbol is the keyword here. the enduring partnership was signed on may 2nd between the u.s. and afghanistan. the major non-nato ally announcement was part of that. the announcement, i think, is not so significant when it comes to the day-to-day of the war. what i think it is doing is helping lay the fears o afghanistan's elite that will be abandoned ahead of the 2014 u.s. withdrawal of nato forces and part of an effort to push the taliban back. i think the main reason for the announcement was so the u.s. can point to a concrete move showing its commitment ahead of the tokyo conference you mentioned tomorrow. as part of an
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Jul 31, 2012 12:00pm EDT
embarrassment for nbc as well. tell us what happened. >> yeah, it was a bit of a messup on nbc's part. basically they aired a promo of her saying that she had won gold in her first time ever here at the olympics, 100 meter backstroke. i watched it. it was really an amazing race. she did so well. but that promo on nbc then aired right before the race itself. so anyone who tuned in would have actually knew what the result was before they could actually watch it. so there has been all this outrage and nbc, you're spoiling the olympics for people. and hash tag came up callcalled called #nbcfail and everybody is complaining about this. what is interesting to note is that if this had happened four years ago, tape delays wouldn't have become such an issue. in the world of social media, twitter and facebook, everyone is getting results instantaneously. so the whole delay is causing a real issue for so many people, but, suzanne, you can watch it live streamed on nbc's website. so that's one option. and another option is just to go on a twitter, facebook, social media diet. and the other is to come to lon
CNN
Jul 14, 2012 7:30am EDT
stores. he's on the phone with us. good morning. >> good morning. >> help us break down the stet lment. who is the real winner here? is it the retailer? >> unfortunately, it's not. the only winners are visa, mastercard and their banks. they have gotten a hall pass if this deal goes through. it's not a done deal. it's a proposal now. they have a hall pass to continue to raise their swipe fees without restraint and not have anybody be able to enforce the law against them. they have to be feeling good now. >> the swipe fee reduction is only for eight months. what could happen after that. it could go back up? >> i tell you, with the credit card companies, you always have to read the fine print. what you read this is remarkable. they are not even going to reduce the swipe fees for the eight months. what they are going to do is take the dollar value of that and roll it into the settlement. because there's nothing to change the structure of how they do things today, by the time the merchants actually get any of that money, swipe fees will have gone up by more than the amount of that money. me
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Jul 24, 2012 12:00pm EDT
, they are topping the list, among eight journalists charged today. dan rivers joins us from london to talk about this. dan, they're accused of illegally eavesdropping on the voicemails of some of the world's biggest celebrities, but also a murder victim as well. remind us just how big this case has become. >> reporter: oh, it's become vast. we're only really at the beginning of the legal process here. we've got eight people charged today with hacking phones or commissioning people to hack phones. they include rebecca brooks, one rupert murdoch's most trusted executives, the ceo of news international. her deputy andy colson has been charged with five different counts. he, of course, went on to be a communications director for the british prime minister, so there are political implications. we have a whole slew of other senior journalists on the newspaper who have also been charged. but the victims, we're getting more and more information about the variety of people whose phones it is alleged were intercepted or hacked into. sir paul mccartney, jude law, sigh ena miller, brad pitt, angelina jolie,
CNN
Jul 3, 2012 10:00pm EDT
but the money trail led somewhere else entirely. baghdad pups is used to reunite military animals but they don't do that at all. in the montreal spca, a canadian charity, received about $13 million in donations over three years but despite all of that money, they've ended up in the hole more than $4.5 million. all of these charities have one thing in common. they all have connections to a fundraising company called quadriga art. the company gets paid to build mailing lists. that's where the money trail took drew. getting answers along the way was another. >> hi, how are you. >> we're for the going to be doing anything on camera. >> bottom line, you're not going to give me an interview? >> where is the money going? >> he's not in? >> here's the question. over three years and none of the money has gone to any veterans. ma'am? >> you think if the money was going where they said it was going and everything was on the up and up, they'd want to be completely transparent, right? drew has been investigating this for years in some cases, and they are refusing to answer. literally getting d
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Jul 7, 2012 4:00am EDT
that a great deal of us waste hundreds of millions of dollars of our charitable dollars intended to help veterans is being squandered and wasted by opportunists and individuals and companies that seek -- see it as a profit-making opportunity. >> reporter: daniel borochoff runs a charity watchdog group out of this office in chicago. he grades charities on just how much good and bad they do with your donations. veterans and military charities are some of the worst, he says. and that includes the disabled veterans national foundation, which he gives an f. because hardly any of the donations make it to the people the group is fund-raising for. so back to that $56 million the group has raised. if it hasn't gone to direct contributions to veterans, where exactly did it go? >> as far as we can tell, up to the tenth floor of this manhattan office building to a company called quadriga arts, a company that specializes in fund-raising. and as far as we know, they know a lot about fund-raising for itself. it is a private company which according to its website raises money for more than 500 charities
CNN
Jul 8, 2012 7:30am EDT
as edie geiten can are. she could not get the sad thoughts out of her head. >> my mother used to say to me, smile, why don't you smile? and i would -- you know, give something like that maybe or just -- want is there to smile about? >> at 19, the first of three suicide attempts. >> for reasons that are inexplicable to me even now. got up and started playing with a razor. and -- >> you cut your wrists. both your wrists? >> yeah, uh-huh. >> over the next 40 years, she tried counseling, psychiatric drugs, and electroconvulsive shock therapy, but nothing worked. >> the despair, i think, is what is the most powerful push toward suicide. because it feels like there is no hope. >> but if you could look inside edie's head today, this is what you'd see. two electrodes, the thick not of angel hair pasta -- thickness of angel hair pasta, powered by a battery pack. >> i don't think about it, but i have electrodes in my brain. >> an experimental use of deep brain stimulation. what are we looking cincinnati pioneered by neurologists. the target is called area 25. a junction box for the brain circuits th
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Jul 16, 2012 4:00pm EDT
get government business. what's worse, they exclaim one of the companies used your tax dollars to ship jobs overseas. first of all they point to this fellow who a big democratic fund-raiser. there he is right there sitting next to the president. let's follow the trail, according to the romney people. they say that big donor there is appointed to a white house council on jobs. the private company invest in the electric car company called fiscar automote i. they are approved for a half billion dollar loan from the automotive industry. and fisker ends up having the first cars made in finland. >> what else have you found out when you dig for more details. >> well, what we find, wolf, is a totally different story. fisker tells us they got involved in a government loan program. it was back during the bush administration fisker raised about a billion dollars from investors. yeah, he's a wealthy guy. just one of the guys out there. furthermore, fisker, we asked, has your company ever been aware of any political favors. their answer, absolutely not. as for the fabulous looking cars that they're
CNN
Jul 24, 2012 1:00pm EDT
a sign. tell us about the sign. it's an acrho anyone, pray for everyone, rely on god for comfort, always seem faith, you are not alone. we will not live in fear. >> reporter: why did you want to come here and bring the sign? >> we're part of the community. i'm a parent. it could have been my kids. you know, it's the grace of god that my baby's name is not on there. we wanted to show our love and support for our community, and that we are -- we are supportive and not going to let this change us. >> reporter: i think suzanne, that's the spirit i felt. people have been coming by. there's a prior circle going on. people have been coming by, and i've had heard that throughout the community, that people will not give into the darkness of this event, they'll not give into fear, live positively and try to remember the good things about these victims and forget as much as they can about the suspect. suzanne? >> we serb responsibility their efforts 689 jim, thank you so much. >>> new life emerges from the tragedy. even as the victims of shootings struggle how to recover, the wife of one of the vic
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Jul 31, 2012 4:00am EDT
other republicans. what i'm told is that franks said his regret was mostly in using the name and that it overshadowed the general point that they were trying to make. i should also say franks told republican colleagues that he still stands behind that question and what he wants the inspectors general across the government to investigate. you know, you talked about the fact that republican leaders, at least some of them, have really shunned this leader. i talked to a pretty conservative congressman today who said a lot of us, conservatives like me, are saying are you kidding me? they're idiots for making this mistake. why go after hillary's body person without having rock solid evidence. >> you said this whole thing was a wake up call. how so? >> well, i think what it really points to, and i think that the events of the so called mosque at ground zero, that, you know, we have a kind of deep anti-muslim here in the united states. if you look at poland, you find out that a considerable number of people are willing to believe anything about islam and muslims. people like newt gin
CNN
Jul 15, 2012 2:30pm EDT
the height of the violence in iraq during the u.s. occupation there. of course, the u.s. government frequently accused the damascus regime of doing that. he specifically singled out the brother-in-law of syrian president bashar al assad. he claims that the brother-in-law was running an al qaeda in iraq safe haven, safe house, on the syrian-iraqi border that was targeted by a u.s. cross-border military operation in october 2008. this defector ambassador claims he talk to the brother-in-law who was at that camp an hour after the u.s. troops targeted it, and that he was furious that it had been hit by u.s. forces. of course, we have not -- cannot get comment from the syrian government thus far about these claims, but the u.s. government was open about the fact that it targeted this camp in october of 2008, hitting what it claimed was an al qaeda in iraq militant. >> does this former ambassador believe that others from the regime will be defecting following his suit? >> well, he said that there are not many ambassadors left to defect because many of them have already been expelled from
CNN
Jul 16, 2012 1:00pm EDT
after weeks of legal back and forth, the state's allowed to use a federal database to remove noncitizens from the voter rolls. critics say this process targets poor and minority voters. but florida's governor says it's going to help improve the election process. john zarrella reporting from miami. >> reporter: for months state of florida wrangling with the federal government over access to a federal database. now this federal database has lists of people who are in the country legally but not eligible to vote. well, over the weekend, florida and the department of homeland security finally arrived at an agreement which will allow florida access to that database so that it can go through and look for people in the state who probably shouldn't be on the voter rolls. now, governor rick scott said this morning on cnn that this was, in fact, an important step. >> i don't know anybody, any supervisor of election or anybody in the state thinks nonu.s. citizens ought to be voting our races. it's good for all of the citizens. >> reporter: officials will have to be trained on exactly how to use tha
CNN
Jul 24, 2012 7:00am EDT
, christine romans has that for us. >> moupting concern in the u.s. and israel about chemical weapons possibly entering the fray in syria, fierce fighting continuing overnight in city of alep po, the assad regime clinging to power this morning. here's the development that's getting attention, a spokesman publicly threatening to deploy chemical weapons against any foreign intervention. it's a threat senator john mccain is taking seriously. >> there is a danger of chemical weapons that are presently under bash ar al assad's control from flowing to hezbollah, presenting a grave threat to the security of israel. >> president obama warning the assad regime it would be a tragic mistake to use chemical weapons, promising syria will be held accountable if it does. >>> a new era for penn state's football program after a massive punish from the ncaa. they leveled a $60 million fine, imposed a four-year boan own postseason activity and stripped the school of scholarships and football victories for the last 14 seasons. penn state says it won't fight the stiff sanctions. we'll heard from mike and mike in t
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Jul 30, 2012 1:00pm EDT
i want to bring in ed lavandara who is joining us from centennial, colorado. ed, walk us through the charges that he is faced with. >> sure thing, suzanne. essentially, james holmes has been charged with 142 criminal counts. 24 counts of first-degree murder and 116 counts of attempted murder, and essentially, that is doubled up on the number of victims inside of that movie theater. remember, 12 people killed an 58 people who were wound and taken to hospitals. now the legal reason behind that according to the paperwork we have received is that they were able to file double the charges on each of those victims, because number one, prosecutors say it was a planned attack, and premeditated and also because james holmes showed an extreme indifference towards the people he was killing, and that is that he did not matter who he was killing, but shooting indiscriminantly into the movie theater. because off that, that gives them the legal basis to file double the counts against james holmes. there is also one count of possessing explosives and one count which is a sentence enhancer becaus
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Jul 14, 2012 6:00am EDT
been kidnapped in that area this year. the u.s. embassy in cairo saying we are in close touch with the egyptian authorities who are doing everything they can to bring about the safe release of the american tourists. joining me from jordan is elise. good morning. tell us what is different about this kidnapping than the others we have seen this year. >> reporter: yes, randi. the reason it's different is this time the kidnappers are usually doing these kind of things for money. this time, they have an agenda. they have relatives that have been detained on drug charges and they want to let them go. it's more complicated than getting that money to them. they get released right away. this time, it's more complex. >> they are making specific demands to have their relatives released? >> specific demands to have relatives released. the americans are saying they are working with the egyptian authorities, but they have their own laws. a lot of times, you don't negotiate with kidnappers or those kind of people. it's more complex than just giving them their money and letting the people go.
CNN
Jul 24, 2012 11:00pm EDT
. it is necessarily to speak, it is necessary to give a man to speak with us vernlthsz i want to explain how we got here. mali is in the middle of a war that the world needs to watch. the it began when the united states and nato intervened in libya. when the weapons were stolen by islamic radicals. the tour egg used the weapons to fight and declare independence from mali. the country was split in half. the mali government with only about 37,000 troops couldn't stop them, and frustrated by that failure, some commanders staged a koup. mali fell into complete disarray and that's when islamic radicals seized the moment. person after person here has told us they've seen fighters from the middle east. the islamic radicals kept in and kraushd the tour egg. they have many more weapons. 340u7b9 mounted on the back of 4 x 4s. the radicals use those weapons to destroy historic shrines. they say the consequences of the world letting this convinces grow bigger and bigger are dire. >> translator: the actions of the terrorists have direct convinces for europe and the united states. >> i can tell you here people a
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Jul 31, 2012 4:00pm EDT
? >> definitely seen gradual changes as i'm sure you have. look, i've had to use my former cheerleading voice many times to get a question to presidents and to candidates for president. but i've had to do that more and more as has jim over the years because, look, i mean it's just the world that we live in from their perspective that with twitter, the internet, with everything going viral immediately, it's hard for them to say anything without altering the message that they're trying to get out that day. having said that, it is frustrating having been a reporter on several presidential campaigns, you're there, you're going on the bus, you're going off the bus, you're sitting through every speech. and you want to have access to the candidate to be able to ask them questions. and especially at the end of a trip like this where you're really going full bore and you don't have a chance to ask anything, that's what happens when you really try to ask. and you have to be careful of your surroundings, but you got to do your job. >> gloria, and i have to ask you, in the big picture, how important is this r
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Jul 21, 2012 6:00am EDT
will use it as a healing opportunity and a chance to really show solidarity. on an individual basis, today they have grief counseling at a pair of high schools to help people process the trauma. >> jim, i feel so bad fort families of those who lost loved ones. the bodies were in the theater for so long and weren't given the exact word if it was their laughed ones. finally they got the word last night. have the bodies been removed? >> yeah. around 5:00 last night they were able to get all the bodies out of there. it takes a long time for the coroners to come in and the crime scene investigators to come in and process these sites. i know it was very important to the police to make that notification. you be imagine with that many -- that much of a huge shooting site, that many bullets, that many shell casings, what a site that must be to process. >> jim, are police still inside the theater investigating? >> yeah. there's still police over there for sure. the adjoining shopping area, they actually plan on reopening today. the movie theater itself still roped off. still police in there doing th
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Jul 21, 2012 3:00pm EDT
that had been evacuated. she explained to us the night of the shooting that there was loud music emerging from james holmes apartment and that she had gone up there to knock on the door and at one point had called authorities to let them know about that, but they said they were too busy with the shooting and they couldn't spare someone to come over here and do that, but she said the door was unlocked and told us the door was unlocked. obviously, she's very emotional about the fact she easily could have opened up that door and who knows what would have happened if she had done that. so luckily, for her, she decided not to do that and went back downstairs, but a lot of this area remains cordoned off and remains shut down. at one point, it would allow authorities to come back and james holmes' apartment, that will be shut down for quite some time and i'm not sure whether the surrounding areas will be opened up here in the coming days. obviously, the people whoive around this area are probably antsy to get back into their apartments and they'll be passing on developments about that and how th
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Jul 27, 2012 11:00pm EDT
there was a traffic ticket from aurora. that's it for us, them and everyone. >> nobody ever brought him to your attention in any way -- >> we've had no contact with him on a criminal matter whatsoever as a police department. >> erin, yesterday, a spokesman for the university said, you know what, the chief wasn't being forthright with you. in fact, here's what they told us out of concern with violating the court order, the chief didn't answer the questions directly. so the question is, what did the school know? if they didn't answer that question directly, did that mean they did know he was seeing this psychiatrist, that there was any kind of warnings? all of that is going to come out as this court case moves forward. obviously, a big development today that this guy was seeking mental health at the school before the shooting. >> certainly raises a lot of questions about who knew what, when and liability. thanks so much to drew griffin who's been investigating this. >>> in maryland today, there were echoes of last week's colorado attack. police say neil edwin prescott is in custody after he alleg
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Jul 28, 2012 6:00pm EDT
, but the -- >> well, that stealth helicopter, when it went down, and all of us have read about it, we've heard about it, i've spoken to people who were in that room, the white house situation room, as opposed to another swai"situation room," b when that helicopter went down, there was a gasp. because a lot of the folks there, correct me if i'm wrong, thought of desert 1 in 1980, and jimmy carter's plan to rescue americans in iran. >> well, i wouldn't pretend to tell you what they were thinking. >> what were you thinking. >> i was too busy, frankly -- i mean, we had a backup plan. we executed the backup plan, and at that point in time, you're worried about getting the mission done and getting the boys back home. so we had a plan, suffice it to say. >> and it worked? >> and it worked. >> that helicopter, by the way, all that -- the stealth technology and all that, is it gone? has it been shared with pad guys? >> i'm not going to address that. >> you don't want to talk about it. curious. let's talk a little bit about -- and i want to nail this down as best as we can. the president didn't have 100% know
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Jul 1, 2012 8:00am EDT
, for us, and athena, welcome, and how is the cleanup going? >> good morning, randi. well sh well, the cleanup is going in spits and starts. you can see the debris out here in the medium that is left to be picked up. you can see behind me where a giant tree fell on the power lines here. this tree killed a 27-year-old man on friday night who was driving home from work. it is an example of the kind of thing that the cleanup crews are facing. we were in rockville, maryland, on the other side of washington, d.c. yesterday and there were people out clearing debris, and clearing these giant trees from the road and cutting them down for mulch, but it is a lot they have to do it and they have to do it in the heat today, randi. >> what are the odds that people will get the power back on today? any word on that? >> well, i don't think that you have heard anyone promise that it will be happen today. you can see that this is an extreme situation that we are dealing with something that would take several days to get back on here and having to restring the wires, and you will see the utility po
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Jul 13, 2012 3:00pm EDT
the u.s. and then slip them into iran and obviously with iran's nuclear programs right now, you can see the concerns with that. one other thing that came out in this, some of the details against these men in particular, the indictment, i'm going to read to it you one more time because it's so fascinatinfascie of these men sought to obtain radioactive materials to the u.s. by going to an undercover agent and asking him to purchase these test materials for a u.s. company. and the intent was to get them into iran. it's fascinating to see how these companies are it up around the world, for really the mere movement of materials like this. >> keep us posted on more developments, suzanne kelly, in washington. >>> they admit to failing their school, but they're not resigning over it. the penn state board of trustees are meeting right now after a scathing report on the jerry san dews kay scandal. >> the board as the group that has paramount accountability for overseeing and ensuring the proper functioning and governance of the university accepts full responsibility for each of the failures that
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Jul 14, 2012 6:00pm EDT
this round-robin of interviews, not just with us, but with other networks. wolf, it's interesting to note, he essentially said the same thing, gave the same answers to all of us in the course of all of these interviews. >> he said he would be a zone man as far as picking a vice presidential candidate. he didn't tell you who it would be. >> no, he didn't. and that's been his position so far in this campaign. that he's not going to talk about the vetting process. the vice presidential selection process. but i did ask him, because condoleezza rice's name did come up, whether or not he was concerned about being associated too much with the bush administration. as you know, earlier this week, he had that fund-raiser with dick cheney out in wyoming. it was interesting to note that mitt romney said in that interview that his administration would not be a carbon copy of anything in the past. a note there that he would like to get out that he would not be george w. bush, part ii. >> he was very strong on that specific point. good work, as usual. thanks so much, jim acosta, reporting. president obama a
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Jul 17, 2012 2:00am EDT
of the loopholes that benefit some of the wealthiest americans. and, mitt, could use this as a chance to show how generous you are. it is true that mitt romney gave $7 million to chair i in the two years that i held up. 2010 and 2011. that's 16.34% of his income. it is more than he paid in federal taxes. now, keep the screen up. it's not like he sat there and hoarded the money he didn't pay to uncle sam. he gave enough away to make his rate 31%. greater than the 30% that president barack obama says should be the minimum rate for wealthy americans. so if you look at it that way, mitt's taxes seem to add up just fine. key make the argument that's why he should seize the narrative. it isn't caving to democrats to release them. not only have many in his oem party called on him to do it, it also lets him take control of the conversation. what's wroen with being known as one of the most generous people in the country? great to see all of you. john, let me start with our strike team question. independent political analysts. we polled them and said is mitt romney hurting himself politically by only relea
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Jul 17, 2012 7:00pm EDT
is not ready -- not ready to hit us with another round of easy money, at least not yet. >> we are looking for ways to address the weakness in the economy, should more action be needed. >> now ben bernanke also said, quote, congress is in charge here. not the federal reserve. and that congress needs to reach an agreement to avoid the fiscal cliff. well, of course, we've joined that chorus until we've been blue in the face over the past year. but the problem, of course, is that congress does not seem to have any intention of dealing with the tax cuts, debt ceiling, sequestration cuts, the things that comprise the fiscal cliff. congress seems to be incapable of doing its job, something that chuck schumer admitted at the hearing today. >> so given that the political realities, mr. chairman, particularly in this election year, i'm afraid the fed is the only game in town. and i would urge you to take whatever actions you think would be most helpful in supporting a stronger economic recovery. >> i like watching ben bernanke's face. he looks down as if his heart has been bron. he could cave. he c
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Jul 3, 2012 8:00pm EDT
it provided more than $838,000 in gifts in kind to u.s. vets. a charity in arizona. u.s. vets showed us what actually was sent. 20 pairs of men's football pants, more than 100 chefs coats, 125 chef's aprons. a needle point design pillow case. two pages worth of stuff the director told us, we don't need. and take a look at what showed up at the st. benedicts veterans center in birmingham, alabama. the modest shipment included some useful items. 2300 disaster blankets good for a couple day's use and some cleaning supplies. but it also included this. >> they sent us 2600 bags of cough drops and 2200 little bottles of sanitizer and 11,520 bags of coconut m and ms and didn't have a lot of use for 11,500 coconut m and ms. >> here's what they posted on their website about the work they were doing in alabama. >> we send by the truckload items that these shelters say they need desperately. >> for our veterans that have given so much to our country and now need our help. >> great sound bite. >> did they ever ask you what you wanted? >> no. they always call and say, we've got a truckload coming. >> eve
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Jul 30, 2012 12:00pm EDT
and the nature of the care he received from the psychiatrist. >> okay. thank you, jim. he will bring us any information as it happens there. >>> and now to india which is hit with one of the worst blackouts in a decade. we are talking about staggering numbers of 350 million people across the northern part of the country left in the dark essentially in sweltering summer heat which is more than the entire population of the united states. that is right. that is how many people. at least 300 trains were stranded when the power grid gave out overnight. >>> and north korea reported that 88 people are dead and more than 60,000 left homeless after torrential rains. rains have been destroying buildings and crops. humanitarian groups are working within the country and they are saying that people are now severely mall nourish and the rain is continuing to fall today. >>> mitt romney talking tough on iran. he pledges unwavering support for israel, and he promises to move the american embassy to jerusalem. romney has wrapped up the visit to israel, and he is now in poleland, and that is the final leg on
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Jul 30, 2012 4:00pm EDT
so and select the timing in accordance with the government of israel. >> you know that every u.s. president since '67, since the six-day war in 1967, behind you in the old city of jerusalem, you see the beautiful walls there, and we're not far away. but the line was in front of the old walls. but since then every president from nixon to lbj, carter, ronald reagan, bushes, president clinton, now obama considers east jerusalem, including the old city behind you to be occupied territory. not part of israel. would you change that? >> i'm not going to talk about the borders. the decision as to where the borders would be as we move to a two-state solution, which i support. that's a decision on borders that will be worked out by israelis and the palestinians. i hope it's a process which is ongoing and ultimately successful. as to the exact negotiation in borders, i'll leave that to the deciding parties themselves. >> you just visited the western wall. one of the oldest sites in jerusalem. we saw the pictures, the video. do you consider that to be part of israel? >> it is certainly part
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Jul 13, 2012 1:00pm EDT
gergen is with us from cambridge, massachusetts. david, i don't believe it. i don't know. what do you think? if romney picked condoleezza rice would that not be a game changer? >> it sure would create a lot of buzz just as even the rumor has overnight. coming from matt drudge. you know, it's conventional wisdom within the political community that matt drudge has a direct line to one of mitt romney's top people matt rhodes who is very close in and drudge and rhodes are good friends. so all along drudge has had a pretty good take on it. when he came out and said conned -- condoleezza rice is at the top of the list everybody said wow. i thought this was off the table. look, i think it's more of a trial balloon than anything else. i'm in that camp. the romney people wanted to change the story and get away from bain and get on to other things. it's also true that they could stir things up and sort of put things up in the air and say, conservatives, are you willing to go with this or not? a lot of conservatives think condi rice is too close to george bush sr. and not enough of a foreign pol
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Jul 14, 2012 10:00am EDT
print and joins us now from dc. doug, you have said it is not the retailers or the consumers, but actually visa, mastercard and their banks that win out in this one. why is that? >> unfortunately, this agreement -- and i want to emphasize that it's not a done deal yet. this would allow visa and mastercard to keep fixing the fees, the banks not to compete and the fees to keep going up. we pay them now to the tune of $50 billion a year. and we just don't know it. unfortunately, that's going to continue if this gets pushed through. >> $50 billion a year. that is a number we don't hear very often. but the credit card companies agree to reduce the swipe fees for retailers for eight months. what else is included as part of this settlement? >> well, you have to read the fine print when you deal with credit card companies. and that's true here too. when you read the fine print, it's eye-opening. they're not going to reduce the fees even for the eight months. what they're going to do is give merchants the equivalent of that amount of cash and keep raising the fees. the cruel joke is b
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Jul 25, 2012 4:00pm EDT
's going on in this case now. >> ed lavandera on the scene for us as he's been right from the beginning. thank you. elsewhere, in maryland, police say the fbi are now investigating an abduction with ties to the baseball legend cal rib ken jr. his mother was found safe this morning almost 24 hours after being taken from her home at gunpoint. cnn's lisa sylvester's working the story for us. what happened here, lisa? >> hi there, wolf. what we know is this all started about 7:00, 8:00 yesterday morning when a man apparently approached and went to violet ripken's house and abducted her at gunpoint. he then according to authorities spent most of the day driving around in her car throughout central maryland. and it was only until around 8:30 last night when there was a citizen in the neighboring county, in baltimore county, who saw a suspicious vehicle. he called it in to county authorities. and at that point it was that tip that eventually led to violet ripken being found this morning unharmed back near her house in aberdeen. she was however bound. authorities at this point are not clear wha
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Jul 28, 2012 7:30am EDT
glad you're with us on this saturday morning. i'm randi kaye. we're getting some shocking new information about the colorado theater shooting suspect james holmes. we've been hearing conflicting reports about a package that he allegedly sent to his psychiatrist before the shooting. cbs is reporting that package contained details about how he planned on killing people. now there's a legal battle over that package and whatever was inside it. jim spellman sounds the jail in aurora, kol california, for us this morning. good morning, jim. so what is this assertion of privilege that lawyers are talking about? >> so what the defense is saying is that the writings in this book were sent from holmes to his psychiatrist, a woman named dr. lynn fenton and that those are doctor-patient communications and should be privileged. it's a little complicated in general about how that works because if potentially there was something in it that alluded to putting people in danger, then the doctor would have to write to -- would have the requirement to report that to police. but we don't know what'
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Jul 30, 2012 10:00pm EDT
we think you deserve a look at the people they've been targeting and the tactics they've been using. they've named these two asking a federal inspectors general to investigate muslim brotherhood infiltration. on the right is mohammed elibiary. on the right is huma abedin. both have received threats since being named. some top republicans have risen to her defense. >> these allegations and the report from which they're drawn are nothing less than an unwarranted and unfounded attack on an honorable citizen, a dedicated american and a loyal public servant. >> the bachmann five website that claims to connect ms. abedin to the muslim brotherhood in this convoluted way. through an organization her late father started decades ago which allegedly had the support of another guy who had another organization that might have had the support of another organization the muslim brotherhood. the website also makes allegations against her brother and mother. as a top aide to the secretary of state, miss abedin has a security clearance. and as such has undergone extensive background checks. now, last
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Jul 16, 2012 3:00pm EDT
to the battleground state. he stepped up his outsourcing attacks on romney. he used reports by tax notes to claims on romney wants to ship jobs overseas. >> we have not found any serious economic study that says governor romney's economic plan would create jobs until today. i've got to be honest. today we found out there's a new study out by nonpartisan economists that says governor romn romney's plan would create 800,000 jobs. there's one problem. the jobs wouldn't be in america. >> some of president advisors favor the idea as well. >>> we've got a lot more ahead this hour. take a look. >> we just pray that they are found and brougt back to their families. >> few leads but lots of questions over the disappearance of two iowa girls. they went for a back ride and vanished. >> i'm trying to stay positive and hope that god returns them to us safely. >> now the search for clues, anything to help find them. >>> those two americans taken hostage in egypt have been freed. find out how it went down. >>> later, living proof that perti pertistance pays off. how this man recovered his stolen car 42 years lat
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Jul 18, 2012 11:00am EDT
in a meeting of cabinet ministers that was set off by remote control. u.s. defense secretary leon panetta reacted with this. >> the violence there has only gotten worse and the loss of life has only increased, which tells us that this is a situation that is rapidly spinning out of control. >> ivan watson joining us now. how do you react to exactly what leon panetta said with regard to spinning out of control and now the impact of assad's defense chief and brother-in-law being killed? >> well, the new noose is clear tightening. in one fell swoop at least four of his most senior security and defense officials killed by what syrian state media says was a suicide bombing. not only was the defense minister, the interior minister and a security adviser, but also as you mentioned a member of his inner circle, his family. his brother-in-law himself, assef shawkat. what's more important is aside from there having been incredible intelligence and security failure on the part of the top people in his security apparatus, at the same time you have had at least three days of fighting in the streets of
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Jul 18, 2012 10:00pm EDT
, but consequences for our foreign policy for all of us. it has a real world impact. these allegations are having an impact right now around the world affecting american foreign policy in one of the most sensitive regions around the earth the middle east. we'll show you how in just a moment. first i want to show you what congresswoman bachmann is basing this on. in a 16-page letter, she says that huma abedin's late father, mother and brother are connected to the muslim brotherhood. here's how she figures it. here dead father, who is a professor of social science and the founder of the institute of muslim minority affairs in saudi arabia, decades ago. now bachmann attributes this information to a 2002 article out of brigham young university. according to that article, the institute had the support of another man who is a former general secretary of another group called the muslim world league. now bachmann says according to the pugh forum has a history being closely aligned in partnering with the muslim brother hood. huma abedin's deceased father started an organization, decades ago, allegedly had
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Jul 30, 2012 8:00pm EDT
targeting and the tactics they've been using. they've named these two in letters asking a federal insp t inspectors general to investigate. on the left is a man who is a member of president obama's homeland security advisory council. on the right is huma abba continue. both have received threats since being named. some top republicans ha s havss to her defense. >> these allegations and the report from which they're drawn are nothing less than an unwarranted attack on an honorable citizen, a dedicated american and a loyal public servant. >> the website in the following way. through an organization her late father started decades ago which allegedly had the support of another guy who had another organization that might have had the support of another organization the muslim brotherhood. the website also makes allegations against her brother and mother. as a top aide to the secretary of state, miss abedin has a security clearance. and as such has undergone extensive background checks. now, last fall, the fbi gave him an award for, quote, his extraordinary contributions for specific
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Jul 16, 2012 4:00am EDT
be defeated, the love god and the will of the people. >> earlier tonight, i spoke with a man who served two u.s. presidents as the american ambassador to syria. i asked ambassador edward deregin what he thinks this defection says about the disability of syria's leadership. take a listen. >> i think these are the beginning indications of the dissent within the syrian government and regime that is now beginning to surface. when you begin to have high level defections like this and also manaf tlas, a general very close to the assad family, it indicates that the divisions within the government are beginning to surface and i think we can anticipate more defections in the future. >> dow? >> when defections like this begin to occur, the political perception that the regime is being weakened from within is very important. and that can take on a momentum of its own. so it's not so much the importance of one or two or three people defecting, but it's the growing perception that the divisions within the regime are coming to the floor and the regime is beginning to weaken from within. >> who is calling for
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Jul 17, 2012 7:00am EDT
. it's a shame. because our tax dollars were used to go to companies often donors of the president's. >> senator ron johnson is a republican from wisconsin, a member of the budget appropriations committee and also a supporter of mitt romney. thanks for talking with us. >> good morning, soledad. >> good morning, there's clearly an effort to move away from conversations about bain and taxes and start talking about crony capitalism. what exactly is that? >> well crony capitalism is taking taxpayer money and funneling that to the people that have supported you in the campaign and that's exactly what president obama and his administration has done. look at solyndra over a half billion dollars invested in a company that's now bankrupt. it was supported by people who supported president obama. that's a dlasic example. >> inserting solyndra back into the conversation. back in may of 2012, here's what mitt romney said about solyndra. listen. >> an independent inspector general looked at this investment and concluded that the administration had steered money to friends and family to campaign
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Jul 17, 2012 11:00am EDT
that there's nothing in this lake that will help their case. what's interesting is, the families told us that this is not a place where the girls came a lot. here's lyric's mom talking about that. >> from my understanding they do not know that area. maybe elizabeth and some friends had ridden down there at one time. >> one time. >> but no, it's not an area that they frequented. they didn't go far from home either of the girls, they mainly stayed around the evansdale area that my sister lives in. it's just not kind of like them to go that far. >> reporter: an investigator here told me this morning that it's like the girls evaporated. they're really trying to find any sort of thing they can that will start this investigation in a direction towards finding the girls and bringing them home safe, kyra. >> this is a pretty tight-knit community. were there any witnesses? everybody pretty much knows everybody. >> reporter: yeah. absolutely. no witnesses. it's what's baffling so many people. this is an open public area. there's a freeway that goes right by the bike path where their bikes were fou
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Jul 25, 2012 8:00pm EDT
. and there are questions that remain. we're told there's verbiage kind of a pent-up, was the phrase used writings about shooting people. and that there were some very ruddment tear images in there of a shooter and victims. but the real question, anderson, which i know is what we're all wondering is a, were was there anything in there that was specific to the date the batman show or something else. and b, is there anything that gives -- that sheds any light on moti motive. and right now, we can't learn th that. >> john, stick around. i want to bring in james alan fox who we often consult with. professor, you say it's not unusual for mass murderers to actually reach out to people before actually committing a crime. >> right. they reach out in either a threat or a call for help. but it's not unusual for them also to send letters, timed so they will be received after the shooting in an explanation for why they did what they did. there was a shooter at the university of iowa who sent letters to the media, time when his rampage was committed. in arizona, same thing. frequently, mass murderers will send lette
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Jul 1, 2012 4:00pm EDT
over the weekend. meteorologist alexander steel tracking the weather for us. this isn't short-lived. >> no, poppy. first of all the breadth and depth of it we are talking 45 million people being impacted by it. also the degree to which we are breaking records. these records aren't just the hottest for the day or the month. they are the hottest records, hottest temperatures these places have ever seen ever anytime of year since records began in the 1800s. dodge city, kansas, 111. nashville, tennessee, 109. there were 140 all time records broken. over 1,900 records one way or another. of course, the heat exacerbated by what you were talking. straight line winds knocked out power from the virginias to ohio. the nighttime temperatures drop to the 70s and 80s only that causes the most problems. heat the number one weather related killer in the u.s. because of the nighttime temperatures. today's high is already 104 in atlanta, georgia. these were today's highs. tomorrow we will shave off a few degrees but it is negligible because the nighttime temperatures will stay so high. 97 in a
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